Takashi Hikihara was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958. He received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan, in 1982, and the Master of Engineering, and Ph.D. degrees from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1984, and 1990, respectively. From 1987 to 1997, he was with the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kansai University, and Osaka, Japan. From 1993 to 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyoto University, where he is currently a Professor. He is a member of IEEE, APS, SIAM, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan, and the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ). He is a secretary of Editorial Board of new nonlinear journal NOLTA, IEICE, and an associate editor of European Journal of Control. His research interests include nonlinear science and its application. He is also interested in system control and nanotechnology. Recently, he is involved in the project related to the unification of power and information networks in Japan.